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The Founding College of the University of Toronto
Canadian Flag on snow covered field in front of UC

Canadian Studies Students' Union (CANSSU)

CANSSU is run and operated entirely by students with the aim of creating social and academic opportunities for Canadian Studies students to meet outside the classroom environment.

A student presents to the Canadian Studies conference

Activities include regular pub nights and guest speaker showcases. Former speakers include actor Eric Peterson, writer Rick Salutin, hockey player and politician Ken Dryden and Professor Steve Penfold.

Silhouette of people in front of stage with huge Canadian flag

We are committed to building connections for our students, and we encourage you to get involved by joining the executive, coming to general meetings or attending events.

CANSSU Executive (2023-2024)

Student Cameron Miranda-Radbord is smiling in front of trees and is wearing a beige wool sweater.

Cameron Miranda-Radbord - President

Year: 3rd 
Programs: Double major in Canadian Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies 
Favourite CDN Course: CDN221 - Culture and the Media in Canada 
Student of Victoria College

Hi, I'm Cam! I love Canadian Studies because of the breadth of courses the program allows us to take - I'm particularly interested in Queerness in Canada. Outside CANSSU, I'm involved in VUSAC at Victoria College, the University Tribunal, and Hart House debate. I'm super psyched for the return of in-person events and to continue traditions like ImagiNATIONS and the Canadian Studies Conference.

Selfie of student Merveille Massamba in front of trees and lake

Merveille Massamba - Treasurer

Year: 4th
Programs: Major in Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity, Double Minor in Canadian Studies and Philosophy 
Favourite CDN course: CDN305 - Chinese Canadian Communities and Oral Histories 
Student of Woodsworth College

Hi everyone! I’m Merveille (She/her) and I’m super excited to be a part of this great team! The CANSSU has great plans for the school year, and I hope that we can look forward to your involvement! 

Student Cody Stipelman wearing sunglasses, sitting in front of a waterfront

Cody Stipelman - Vice-President (Academic)

Year: 3rd
Programs: Major in History, Double Minor in Canadian Studies and Environmental Studies
Favourite CDN Course: CDN267 - Canada's Nationalisms
Student of Victoria College

Hey! My name is Cody, and I'm really excited to be this year's CANSSU Academic Vice President. Given the small size of the program, I hope to do what I can this schoolyear to facilitate more interaction between the department faculty and its students, enabling every Canadian Studies student to interact with their teachers and peers in a way you simply cannot get in many other programs. 

I mostly split my time on campus between Vic, Robarts, Sidney Smith, and University College, so if you ever see me feel free to say hi, I'd love to talk about anything related to the program, and of course beyond as well. Looking forward to this year's student involvement!

A picture of Jonah Rosen. In this image, Jonah is resting on a metal fence with his hands tucked in his pockets. There are trees in the background.

Jonah Rosen - Director of Communications

Year: 2nd 
Programs: Majors in Canadian Studies and Political Science 
Favourite CDN Course: CDN267 - Canada's Nationalisms 
Student of Victoria College

A picture of Varun M. in a suit with a white dress shirt, navy blue blazer and tie that matches the white and blue colour scheme.

Varun Muruganandarajah - General Member Representative

Year: 5th
Programs: Major in Canadian Studies with a Double Minor in Political Science and Human Geography
Favorite CDN course: CDN340 - The History of Canadian-U.S. Relations 
Student of University College

An image of Max-Ray Ellis. The student is wearing a blue jay's baseball cap and is standing in front of a tree.

Max Ray-Ellis - Secretary

Year: 4th
Programs: Major in Diaspora and Transnational Studies, Double Minor in Canadian Studies and History
Favourite CDN Course: CDN221 – Culture and the Media in Canada 
Student of University College

A picture of Callan Stewart standing in front of a mirror in what appears to be his washroom. He is wearing a suit with a black blazer and a white dress shirt.

Callan Stewart - Vice-President (Social)

Year: 3rd
Programs: Public Policy and Economics
Favourite CDN course: CDN221 - Culture and the Media in Canada 
Student of New College